Secret of the Vajra World: The Tantric Buddhism of Tibet

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Shambhala Publications, Jul 23, 2002 - Religion - 544 pages
An entrée into the world of Tantric Buddhism—a unique collection of texts, concepts, and meditation practices presented by Tibetan masters teaching in the West

The “Vajra World” (vajradhatu in Sanskrit) is a realm of indestructibility, the level of reality beyond all thought and imagination, all impermanence and change, which a fully realized person knows and inhabits. Used metaphorically, “Vajra World” refers to the traditional culture of Tibet and the unique spirituality that is its secret strength.

Secret of the Vajra World is the companion volume to the author’s earlier book, Indestructible Truth: The Living Spirituality of Tibetan Buddhism. While that book focuses on the history, cosmology, philosophy, and practice of the more public, exoteric side of Tibetan Buddhism, this work treats its more hidden and esoteric aspects as they take shape in Vajrayana. Together, the two volumes provide a broad introduction to the major traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Topics include:

• The tantric view of human nature and the external world
• The special role of the guru, or tantric mentor
• The preliminary practices that prepare the student for full initiation
• The major dimensions of Vajrayana practice, including visualizations, liturgies, and inner yogas
• The tradition of the tulku, or incarnate lama
• The lore surrounding the death of ordinary people and of saints
• The practice of solitary retreat, the epitome of traditional Tibetan Buddhism

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Foreword by Tulku Thondup
The Indian Prelude
The Later Spreading
The View of Vajrayana
Some Initial Vajrayana Perspectives
The World Beyond Thought
The Vajra Master
Entering the Vajrayana Path
The Great Perfection
Death and Dying in Tantric Practice
Tülkus Reincarnate Lamas
Themes of a Tülkus Life
The Practice of Retreat
The Passing of a Realized Master

Meditation on the Yidam
The Inner Yogas
The Great Symbol

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About the author (2002)

Reginald A. Ray, PhD, is a faculty member at Naropa University and is President and Spiritual Director of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, which is dedicated to the practice, study, and preservation of the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa. He is also the author of many books, including Indestructible Truth and In the Presence of Masters.

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